How to make an outdoor oasis

Updated July 27, 2013, 12:00 am Yahoo!7

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How to create a relaxing outdoor oasis in your garden. This circular area bordered by aluminium edging is the perfect hideaway, complete with seating and surrounded by tropical plants.

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Gather your supplies

  • 100mm x 3m Link Edge (3)
  • Link Edge connectors (3)
  • Link Edge spikes (12)
  • Link Edge guides (12)
  • Road base (1 tonne)
  • Deco-granite pre-mixed with cement (½ tonne)
  • Notes:

    Makes a circular area with 9m circumference. Link Edge is flexible aluminium edging that’s readily available from most garden centres.

    Here's How

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      Step 1: Choose a suitable area large enough to accommodate a 2.86m-dia circle, plus enough space for any surrounding plants. Remove lawn and weeds. Decide on centre of circle, drive in stake and tie stringline around. Measure out 1.43m, then tie other end of stringline around set-out paint can. With stringline taut, walk around space to draw circle.
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      Step 2: Lay aluminium edging according to manufacturer’s instructions. Excavate within circle to depth of 100mm and use rake to remove roots.
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      Step 3: Shovel road base into circle and spread evenly. Hose down, then compact to 70mm.
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      Step 4: Spread deco-granite over road base, spread with rake, then screed to smooth and level. Hose down and allow to set for at least 24 hours.
    • Step 5: Plant surrounding area, mulch and water well. Furnish and invite your mum to check her new spot – you’ll certainly be in her good books!

    You’ll also need

    Tropical-looking plants; stake; mallet; set-out paint; stringline; shovel; nail rake; screed; wheelbarrow; plate compactor; mulch; lump hammer

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